Thursday, March 13, 2014
I Love That My Company Values Volunteerism
In all the Positive Psychology and "Happiness" articles and books I've been reading there are certain themes that contribute to happiness. One of those themes is around "giving." or volunteerism. In fact, I've read that giving to others often is as much, if not more benefit to the giver as the receiver.
If you work at a company that values volunteerism, you may even get rewarded for your volunteer efforts. At McKesson, we are encouraged to log our volunteer hours and for every 25 hours that we log, we will earn a $250 grant for a qualified nonprofit. There are also community service events, such as a Relay for Life walk for Cancer.
This is one of many things that McKesson does that demonstrates commitment to community service. In fact, McKesson was rated the "World's Most Admired" company in the health care industry and one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
Even if your company does not sponsor any formal benefits around volunteerism, there are always opportunities in the workplace to help others. Whether you volunteer for a specific cause or just to help your office-mate with a problem, according to the happiness books, the more you help others, the happier you'll be!